April 15, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane women's tennis team will open its final Conference USA Championship with a first round match-up against East Carolina at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday, April 16 at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va.
The 2014 C-USA Championships will take place Wednesday-Sunday, April 16-20, and features a 16-team field. The winner of the Tulane-East Carolina contest will take on host Old Dominion on Thursday, April 17 at 9 a.m. CT.
Tulane (4-19) has not lost an opening round match in the C-USA Championships since falling to UCF in the first round in 2009. The Wave has advanced to either the quarterfinals (2013, 2011, 2010) or semifinals (2012) over the last four years.
Senior and 53rd ranked Klara Vyskocilova enters the event as the top-ranked singles player in the league and brings an 18-6 overall record, including an undefeated dual mark of 11-0, into the 2014 Championships. Vyskocilova has currently won her last 13 singles matches dating back to last fall at the No. 1 spot.
In doubles, Vyskocilova and sophomore Jacqui Katz are 9-5 overall, including 7-4 at the top spot, while junior Emily Dvorak and sophomore Meredith Maltby are 9-6 overall, including 2-2 at the third position.
"This year has been a tough one for our young team but in the same sense, a learning one," Tulane head coach Terri Sisk said. "The schedule does not reflect how tough we were all year and how close we came to upsetting some ranked teams. With that being said, we realize we are very capable of winning some more matches this year and we would be quite happy with making that a reality at the conference tournament. Although we are a 15th seed, it is not indicative in any way of how tough and good of a program we are. We are more than ready to have a great tournament and show that we belong in the top half of this conference."
East Carolina is 12-10 overall and was 1-1 against C-USA teams during the regular season. The Pirates are 3-0 on neutral courts and are led by Melis Tanik, who sports a 21-11 overall record, including a dual mark of 7-6 at the top spot.
Tulane and East Carolina have met on two previous occasions in the C-USA Championships and the Green Wave won both contests. TU downed ECU, 4-0, in the last meeting in 2003, and posted a 5-0 win over the Pirates in 2002.
With the Green Wave slated to join the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2014, this year's C-USA Championships will be Tulane's final appearance in the postseason event. TU claimed the league title four times (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005).
2014 C-USA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center/Norfolk, Va.
FIRST ROUND - Wednesday, April 16
Match 1: (15) Tulane vs. (10) East Carolina - 10 a.m.
Match 2: (14) Charlotte vs. (11) Southern Miss - 10 a.m.
Match 3: (16) Florida Atlantic vs. (9) Middle Tennessee - 2 p.m.
Match 4: (13) UTEP vs. (12) UAB - 2 p.m.
SECOND ROUND - Thursday, April 17
Match 5: winner of Match 1 vs. (7) Old Dominion - 10 a.m.
Match 6: winner of Match 2 vs. (6) FIU - 10 a.m.
Match 7: winner of Match 3 vs. (8) UTSA - 2 p.m.
Match 8: winner of Match 5 vs. (5) Louisiana Tech - 2 p.m.
QUARTERFINALS - Friday, April 18
Match 9: winner of Match 5 vs. (2) Rice - 10 a.m.
Match 10: winner of Match 6 vs. (3) North Texas - 10 a.m.
Match 11: winner of Match 7 vs. (1) Tulsa - 2 p.m.
Match 12: winner of Match 8 vs. (4) Marshall - 2 p.m.
SEMIFINALS - Saturday, April 19
Match 13: winner of Match 9 vs. winner of Match 10 - Noon
Match 14: winner of Match 11 vs. winner of Match 12 - Noon
CHAMPIONSHIP - Sunday, April 20
Match 15: winner of Match 13 vs. winner of Match 14 - 10 a.m.
All Times Eastern